2012-2013 Productions

Department of Theatre and Dance

Calendar (2012-2013 Productions)

Program descriptions and ticket information are available on the Peak Performances Web page for the productions listed below:

Fall 2012| Spring 2013

Cloud Nine

by Caryl Churchill
Directed by John Pietrowski
L. Howard Fox Theatre

Set first in an African British Colony in 1880 and then the London of 1980, Cloud 9 sheds a comic light on the confused gender politics of both times. The colonial and sexual repression of Victorian England is set up against the Feminist and Gay movement that emerged during the years of the “Iron Lady,” Margaret Thatcher. Part farce, part dark comedy, men play women, women play men, whites play Africans, adults play children, and somehow, it all makes very good and proper sense.

Oct. 18, 24 & 26 – 7:30 p.m. 
Oct. 20 – 8:00 p.m.
Oct. 28 – 2:00 p.m.

 Attempts on Her Life

by Martin Crimp
Directed by Debbie Saivetz
L. Howard Fox Theatre

Attempts to describe her?  - Attempts to destroy her?  - Or attempts to destroy herself? Is Anne the object of violence…or its terrifying practitioner? Martin Crimp's 17 scenarios for the theatre, shocking and hilarious by turn, are a rollercoaster of late twentieth century obsessions. From pornography and ethnic violence, to terrorism and unprotected sex, its strange array of nameless characters attempt to invent the perfect story to encapsulate our time.

Oct. 19, 23 & 25 – 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 21 – 2:00 p.m.
Oct 27 – 8:00 p.m.

 Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel

Music by Richard Rodgers
Book and Lyrics byOscar Hammerstein II
Based on Ferenc Molnar’s play Liliom
As adapted by Benjamin F. Glazer
Directed byEvan Pappas
Conductor and Musical Direction byGregory J. Dlugos
Choreography by Mimi Quillin
Vocal Direction by Michael Mahadeen
Alexander Kasser Theater

When mill-town girl Julie Jordan meets carnival barker Billy Bigelow on a carousel ride, her life is changed forever. Flirtation gives way to love as the two are irresistibly drawn to each other in this glorious tale of love and redemption. The Tony-award-winning musical features a score by Rodgers and Hammerstein packed with classics like “June is Bustin’ Out All Over,” “You’ll Never Walk Alone” and “If I Loved You.” With its splendid score and brilliant lyrics, Carousel was dubbed "the best musical of the Twentieth Century" by Time Magazine. As close to perfection as musical theatre gets.”

Nov. 15, 16 & 19 – 7:30 p.m. 
Nov. 17 - 1:00 p.m. (Theatre Days)
Nov. 17 – 8:00 p.m.
Nov. 18 – 2:00 p.m.


INSULA (Kari Margolis Physical Theatre)

INSULA takes us on an uncharted voyage to a metaphorical island, floating in the midst of a mysterious sea.  Far from outside influences, we find a timeless tribe of people living out the rites and rituals of their humanity.  Through the detached distance of binoculars their behavior seems primitive and unimaginably disconnected from our own reality.  They are odd, silly, naive and unaware of the world around them -- so unlike ourselves.  Or, is it that the foreign is closer to home than we think, and the islands we create for ourselves inescapably connected by the ebb and flow of the tides.

INSULA will be developed with the creative input of sixteen BFA students during a residency with award-winning theatre artist Kari Margolis.
L. Howard Fox Theatre

Nov. 29 & 30, Dec. 6 & 7 – 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 1 & 8 – 8:00 p.m. 
Dec. 2 – 2:00 p.m.

Works-A-Foot 2012

Memorial Auditorium 

The first show of the season is a must-see event, featuring dance works by guest artists and MSU dance faculty.  Featured will be the edgy and humorous Runway by Larry Keigwin, which playfully explores our fascination with beauty.  The New Works Initiative recipient, Rebecca Stenn, will premiere Silence, a dance based on a play by Harold Pinter.  Works by guest artist Earl Mosley and faculty members Beth McPherson,  Karen Gayle, Jay.T. Jenkins, and Jessica DiMauro will round out the program.

Dec. 5, 6 & 7 – 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 8 – 8:00 p.m.
Dec. 9 – 2:00 p.m.


Musical Direction and New Orchestrations by Gregory J. Dlugos
Directed and Choreographed by Joe Joyce

Jed Leshowitz Recital Hall


‌The Tony-award winning musical Nine is based on Federico Fellini’s masterpiece Nine is a collaboration between the Montclair State University's Department of Theatre and Dance and the John J. Cali School of Music. 

Feb. 8 and 9 – 8 p.m.
Feb. 10 – 3 and 8 p.m.

Dance Collage

Memorial Auditorium

MSU Dance Majors “strut their stuff” in this show featuring new and original dance works in a lively variety of genres.  Innovative student choreography is the centerpiece of this lively showcase.

Feb. 20 and 21 – 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 22 – 1:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 23 – 8:00 p.m.
Feb. 24 – 2:00 p.m.


by Peter Shaffer
Directed by Susan Kerner
Alexander Kasser Theater

Intrigued by an account of a stable boy who blinded six horses, Peter Shaffer investigates the mystery of this brutal crime in his sensationally theatrical psychological thriller. Equus delves deeply into the psyche of the 17-year-old boy and his brilliant psychiatrist as playwright Shaffer explores society’s ideas of madness and normality, erotic passion, our human capacity for worship, and the compulsion for mediocrity to destroy genius.

Mar. 6, 7 & 8 – 7:30 p.m.
Mar. 9 – 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

DanceworksDance Works '13

Artistic Directors: Nancy Lushington and Lori Katterhenry
Alexander Kasser Theater

The repertory for this concert explores the theme of “Myth and Transformation,” anchored by Martha Graham’s chorus from Night Journey, a choreographic retelling of the story of Oedipus. Also featured will be the architecturally cool Powers of Ten by modern dance pioneer May O’Donnell and the improvisationally- based Continuous Replay by renowned dance master, Bill T. Jones.

Apr. 4 & 5 – 7:30 p.m.
Apr. 6 & 7 – 2 p.m.
Apr. 6 – 8:00 p.m.


adapted and directed byJeremy Bloom
in collaboration with the BA Theatre Studies class of 2013 
L. Howard Fox Theatre

“This ought not to be written in ink, but in a golden splash.”  
A new retelling of the familiar story of Pan, his lost boys, mermaids, anxiety, pajamas, and an old lady with a hooked nose.  Peter/Wendy uses J.M. Barrie's original novels Peter and Wendy and The Little White Bird, as well as new music to uncover a dark emotional underbelly, with low-tech signature stagings of flight.  There are no guarantees the windows you fly out of will be open when you come back.  

Apr. 17, 18 & 19 – 7:30 p.m.
Apr. 20 – 8:00 p.m.
Apr. 21 – 2:00 p.m.

Andrew Lippa’s

Book, Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa
Based on the Poem by Joseph Moncure March
Directed by Mark Hardy  
Conductor and Musical Supervision by Gregory J. Dlugos
Musical Staging and Choreography by Joe Joyce  
Vocal Direction by Meg Zervoulis  
L. Howard Fox Theatre

Adapted from a book-length poem, Manhattan decadence and the Roaring Twenties provides the backdrop for this tough and graphic musical fable. Andrew Lippa’s Wild Party tells the story of one wild evening in the New York apartment shared by Queenie, a vaudeville chorine and Burrs, her vicious lover, a black-face minstrel. The guests are a vivid collection of the unruly and the undone. After a long night of decadence and when midnight debauchery leads to tragedy at dawn, the high-flying characters land with a sobering thud, reminding us that no party lasts forever. An award-winning score by Andrew Lippa provides excitement and drive for this tale of passions out of control.


May 1, 2, 3, 7 & 8 – 7:30 p.m.
May 4 – 8:00 p.m.
May 5 – 2:00 p.m.

College of the Arts – Theatre on the Move!

In spring 2013, Theatre on the Move will tour a half hour show called Bullies-R-Us for middle and high school students about bullying. Material is drawn from contemporary American plays and from the personal experiences of our student acting company. The production will be followed by an interactive workshop to generate discussion about a current topic that New Jersey schools are seeking to address in meaningful and creative ways.

For more information on dates and booking, Contact Susan Kerner: kerners@mail.montclair.edu.